“The Windy City” has truly earned its nickname as Chicago is known for strong gusts of wind coming off of Lake Michigan.
With a skyline dominated with half a dozen 1,000 foot-plus skyscrapers like Willis Tower, this is the most important urban hub in the American Midwest. In the summer, its lakeside beaches fill up with bathers and beachcombers, adding another dimension of activities with the huge metropolis as the backdrop.
The largest city in Illinois is also the third-largest in the United States, with a population reaching over 2.75 million people. Great food, a storied musical tradition, world-class museums, legendary sports venues, and a vibrant nightlife make for a wonderful visit no matter what your preferred diversions may be. Famous neighborhoods include Wrigleyville, Bronzeville, Wicker Park, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Chinatown, Magnificent Mile, Logan Square, Hyde Park, Old Town, Edgewater, Pilsen, and the Loop (as well as South Loop and West Loop).